Department of Building and Real Estate

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2018 Entry

Introduction


Since its foundation in 1937, the Department has become internationally recognised as a leader in providing professional education for the building and real estate industry in the region and beyond. With our dedication to excellence, we have a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members who possess expertise in their respective fields of surveying, engineering, construction health and safety, town planning, building technology, real estate, finance, law and economics. Committed to a variety of quality research projects and consultancies, we are well-known for our research strengths in construction and building technologies. To facilitate knowledge transfer and networking, we actively maintain strong bonds with the industry and our alumni, many of whom are senior staff in government departments leading consultancy practices and private enterprises.

 

Dedicated to fundamental and application-oriented research related to sustainable urban development in densely populated cities, the Department has identified three major focuses, namely: Construction Health and Safety, Digital Construction and Sustainable Urban Systems, which embrace the expertise of most of the staff members. Projects with significant societal impacts are encouraged and supported.

 

The Department is home to 28 full-time academic staff members at Research Assistant Professor level and above. Currently, 4 MPhil students and 66 PhD students are pursuing their research studies in the Department.

Research Areas


Construction and Real Estate Economics

Dedicated to the teaching of and research into construction and real estate economics, finance, planning and sustainability.

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. CHIANG Yat Hung2766 5822chiang.yat-hung@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. HUI Chi Man Eddie2766 5881bscmhui@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. LAM Tsun Ip Patrick  2766 5799tsun.ip.lam@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. YEUNG Chi Wai Stanley2766 5832stanley.yeung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr.  WONG Siu Wai Ivy3400 8116ivy.sw.wong@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. SIU Ming Fung Francis2766 5820francis.siu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. M.J. WADU2766 5802jayantha.wadu.mesthrige@polyu.edu.hk

Construction and Real Estate Management

Dedicated to the teaching and research of construction and real estate management, with the aim of becoming the hub in the region and developing close links with the industry in pursuing collaborative research and high-level consultancy projects. Teaching and research areas include but are not limited to the following:

 

  1. Delivering construction and real estate projects successfully 
  2. Innovative project delivery approaches 
  3. Partnering, Public-Private Partnerships and other forms of relational contracting 
  4. Benchmarking performance for construction and real estate projects 
  5. Maintenance and repair management 
  6. Construction health and safety 
  7. Quality management and assessment 
  8. Assessment of buildability and constructability 
  9. Value management 
  10. Knowledge management 
  11. Ethics and corporate responsibilities
SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. CHAN Ping Chuen Albert2766 5814bsachan@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. Geoffrey SHEN2766 5817geoffrey.shen@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. Tarek ZAYED2766 5812tarek.zayed@polyu.edu.hk
Dr CHAN Wai Ming Daniel2766 4387daniel.w.m.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr FONG Sik Wah Patrick  2766 5801patrick.fong.bre@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YU Tit Wan Ann2766 5795ann.yu@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SIU Ming Fung FrancisTo be updatedTo be updated
Dr TAN Yongtao  2766 5828yongtao.tan@polyu.edu.hk

Information and Construction Technology

Dedicated to the teaching and research of basic technological principles and skills, including both information technologies and appropriate construction technologies, which are necessary for the supervision of the construction of buildings and other structures.

SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. LI Heng2766 5879bshengli@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. NI Meng2766 4152meng.ni@polyu.edu.hk
Prof. YAM Chi Ho Michael2766 4380michael.yam@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. FAN Hongqin2766 5788hongqin.fan@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. SEO JoonOh2766 5823joonoh.seo@polyu.edu.hk
Dr WEI Hsi-Hsien3400 8194hsi-hsien.wei@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. KIM Minkoo2766 5819minkoo.kim@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. SING Chun Pong Michael3400 8117michael.sing@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. CHI Hung Lin  2766 5871hung-lin.chi@polyu.edu.hk

Urban Sustainability Policy

Dedicated to the teaching and research of policy and reform relating to the construction and real estate industry. Teaching and research areas include but are not limited to the following.

 

  • Conservation of built heritage,
  • Construction law,
  • Economic analysis of law (regulations and policies) relating to construction and real estate,
  • Green buildings and sustainable urban development policies,
  • Innovative contracting and disputes resolution strategies,
  • Institutions and institutional changes,
  • Land-use policy,
  • Real estate market mechanism,
  • Social sustainability,
  • Urban governance,
  • Urban planning,
  • Urban studies.
SupervisorTelEmail
Prof. CHAN Hon Wan Edwin2766 5800bsedchan@polyu.edu.hk
Mr Stephen D. MAU3400 3865stephen.d.mau@polyu.edu.hk
Dr YUNG Yiu Kwan Esther3400 8196esther.yung@polyu.edu.hk
Dr SUN Yi2766 5565yi.sun@polyu.edu.hk
Dr Christopher HIGGINS2766 5977christopher.d.higgins@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. M.J. WADU2766 5802jayantha.wadu.mesthrige@polyu.edu.hk
Dr. WONG Siu Wai Ivy3400 8116ivy.sw.wong@polyu.edu.hk

Research Facilities


Smart Construction Laboratory 

 

The Smart Construction Laboratory has been providing industrial services covering and extending the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), process simulation solutions and professional training to the construction industry. Construction Virtual Prototyping (CVP) provides a modelling and simulation environment so powerful that the production, fabrication and assembly of construction components, including the associated operational processes, can be simulated on a computer. The laboratory has secured a sizable amount of funding from industry and other sources.

 

Ng Wing Hong Laboratory for Sustainable City

 

This high-level laboratory provides an information technology infrastructure for examining the sustainable development of Hong Kong at the building and city level. The laboratory facilitates the archiving, processing and retrieval of databases and information in multi-media formats. It operates at the highest international standards and is recognised as an international leader in the field, enabling it to take advantage of the new technologies that support its contribution to knowledge. The lab seeks partners within the university and the external environment (including industry and other universities) to address the complex issues facing the built environment.

 

Building Technology Laboratory

 

The laboratory provides demonstration classes and hands-on building technology experiments on structural mechanics, concrete testing and non-destructive techniques for building diagnostics and inspection. Computer-based learning and simulation software such as Matlab and ANSYS have also contributed to the teaching and learning of temporary formwork and false work design, scaffolding and excavation techniques, reinforced concrete beam and column design, etc. In addition, our laboratory has been substantially enhanced in the fields of building health monitoring and non-destructive building material testing.  

 

IT Teaching Room

 

Students can use any of the PC stations in the IT Teaching Room on a first-come, first-served basis during non-teaching sessions.  

 

Multimedia Communication Centre

 

The Multimedia Communication Centre (MMCC) is an ideal learning platform for our staff and students to develop their multimedia skills by providing a comprehensive set of multimedia equipment, the latest software, technical support and training programmes.

 

Project Studios

 

The two studios are interconnected with a sliding partition, so they can be used either as two separate rooms or combined into one. They are designed to provide specialist teaching rooms for group project work using the tools of the trade commonly found in construction firms. Thus, together with other BRE teaching space, the studios provide a real-life environment in which a construction business office can be re-created.

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Supporting Documents


Academic Referee's Report Form

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Curriculum Vitae

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Personal Statement

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Research Proposal Form

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Transcript / Certificate

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